How to Replace a Hayward Key Seal Assembly


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The Key Seal Assembly is the bottom section of the Key, Cover and Handle Assembly in a Multiport Valve. It contains the spider gasket that helps direct the flow of water through the filter and out to the exit ports, Return and Waste. If this gasket is damaged, it will allow water to leak into undesignated areas, like leaking into the Waste port when in Filter mode. For many MPVs like this Hayward SP-714T Valve, the spider gasket is glued into the Key Seal Assembly at the factory and is not sold separately. To replace the gasket, so must buy and replace the Key Seal Assembly This guide shows you how to replace a Hayward Key Seal Assembly. Although this guide features a Hayward SP-714T Valve, many of the steps in the procedure can be applied to most other MPVs.


Step by Step


Step 1

BUY PARTS - For the Hayward SP414T Valve you will need to order a Key/seal Assembly (Diffuser w/ Gasket Glued In) (spx0714ca). If some of the smaller parts are damaged, you may also need to order,  a Teflon Bearing Washer, one or two O-rings With Teflon Seals, a set of two Metal Washers and a Spring. If you have a different Multiport Valve, go to the parts list for your Valve.

Step 2

TURN OFF POWER TO PUMP - Turn off all power to the pump at the breaker box. You don"t want the pump accidentally turning on when you have the MPV open.

Step 3

REMOVE HOLDING SCREWS - Your first step is to remove the 6 screws that secure the Key Cover and Handle Assembly to the Valve Body.

Step 4

LIFT OUT ASSEMBLY - Once the 6 screws are removed, lift the Assembly out of the Valve Body.

Step 5

DISSASSEMBLE THE ASSEMBLY - Once you have the Key, Cover and Handle Assembly out, you will have to disassemble it to get to the inner Key Assembly. Have a second person compress the MPV Spring to relieve pressure on the Handle Pin.

Step 6

TAP OUT HANDLE PIN - With the Spring compressed, tap out the pin that secures the Handle to the Key Assembly Shaft.

Step 7

REMOVE HANDLE - With the Pin out , you can remove pressure off the Assembly and lift off the Handle.

Step 8

LIFT OFF VALVE COVER - Lift off the Valve Cover from the Key Assembly Stem.You may have to rock it back and forth a little. The white Plastic Bearing Washer will come off with the Cover. Keep track of it.

Step 9

REMOVE SPRING AND WASHERS - Lift the two Metal Washers and Spring off of the Key Seal Assembly Stem.

Step 10

REMOVE C-RING - Pry the yellow C-Ring off of the Stem.

Step 11

REMOVE O-RINGS - Using a small flat headed screwdriver, pry the two O-rings out of the grooves in the Stem. If these are damaged, you will have to buy replacements.

Step 12

SLIDE O-RINGS ONTO NEW ASSEMBLY - Slide the two O-rings into the grooves in the new Key Seal Assembly Stem

Step 13

ADD C-RING - Place the yellow C-ring under the top O-ring.

Step 14

ADD METAL WASHER - Slide one of the Metal Washers onto the Stem.

Step 15

ADD SPRING - Place the Spring onto the stem over the first Metal Washer.

Step 16

ADD SECOND METAL WASHER - Place the second Metal Washer on top of the Spring.

Step 17

PLACE COVER - Slide the Valve Cover onto the Stem and push it down as far as it will go.

Step 18

PLACE PLASTIC BEARING WASHER - Place the Plastic Bearing Washer onto the Stem on top of the Valve Cover. If it is cracked, you will have to replace it.

Step 19

VIEW HANDLE ALIGNMENT - Check the alignment of the handle. The front of the handle has to line up with the opening at the bottom of the valve. If the handle is not aligned correctly. your valve's modes could be 180 degrees out of sequence. You could be Backwashing when you think you are in Filter mode.

Step 20

INSERT HANDLE PIN - Have another person push down on the Valve Cover to compress the spring. Align the Handle on the Stem as discussed above and insert the Handle Pin.

Step 21

TAP IN HANDLE PIN - Tap in the Handle Pin with a punch.

Step 22

ALIGN COVER ASSEMBLY WITH VALVE BODY - Look for a notch in the outer ring of the Assembly and a tab on the outer ring of the Valve Body. These should be aligned when you insert the Assembly to ensure that the Assembly is inserted correctly.

Step 23

REPLACE COVER ASSEMBLY - Drop the Key Cover and Handle Assembly into the Valve Body.

Step 24

SCREW DOWN ASSEMBLY - Secure the Assembly to the Valve Body with the six screws.

Step 25

REPLACEMENT COMPLETE -  You have successfully replaced your Hayward Key Seal Assembly. If you have any other questions, feel free to call us at 407-834-2200 or visit us at


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 Posted: 5/9/2022 

If I wanted to purchase a complete new Hayward valve to replace this valve so going forward I only need to replace the gasket, what would the Hayward multiport valve be?

InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 5/11/2022 

Are you sure the current valve is an SP714T?

 Posted: 5/13/2022 

Yes it is

InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 5/23/2022 

Top Mount Multiport Valve 1.5" - TM-12-H8

 Posted: 8/21/2021 

My spider gasket was worn so I replaced the key assy because the gasket was already glued on. I installed the valve and tried to backwash. I turned the pump on and it did not gush water as usual. Could my alignment be wrong?

InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 8/23/2021 

Are you saying you believe this is a low flow issue? Or is it not coming out of the right pipe. 

 Posted: 5/30/2020 

When i try to turn my filter on it is leaking out where i screwed the key cover on almost like there so much pressure its shooting out the sides of it. Do i just need new seal?

InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 10/23/2020 

Yes, you will either need a new seal or, at the very least, inspect the current one to determine if it has been pinched or fallen out of the groove.

 Posted: 5/2/2019 

What is the whole part called so I don’t have 2 people

InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 5/2/2019 

The part kit is usually called a Key Cover and Handle Assembly. For this SP714T valve, the part number is SPX0714BA

Anonymous  Posted: 5/2/2019 

I removed my handle and seal assembly. The part number is SPO714C. Could someone show me this part? Is it the same as with the T at the end. Thanks

InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 5/2/2019 

Each part has an individual part number, they are all listed on this parts diagram with pictures next to the parts. SP714T Parts

Anonymous  Posted: 5/2/2019 

Thank you! Is there a Hayward part

InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 5/2/2019 

The Pureline option PL0714 is an aftermarket brand that is a drop-in replacement with similar quality parts as the Hayward. Because there is not much difference in the quality of the part, I would go with the less expensive one.